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Gerhard-Domagk Award for Life Sciences

The prize donated by Bayer AG should be awarded to the author of an outstanding PhD thesis which was prepared within a PhD program at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation and led to a successful conclusion of the PhD program. The author must be registered in a PhD program at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation.

The Founder

The prize is named after Professor Dr. med. Gerhard Domagk, 1895 to 1964, who, as head of the department for experimental pathology and bacteriology of the I.G. Farbenindustrie, Elberfeld (today Bayer AG), discovered the antibacterial effect of Prontosil within a systematic research program of new synthesized azo dyes in 1932 and thus initiated the development of antibacterial chemotherapy. Domagk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1939 for this discovery and the development of the sulfonamides resulting from this. In the following years, Domagk stood not only for human medicine development of sulfonamides but also for the examination and introduction of this active ingredient group for the treatment of bacterial infections in veterinary medicine and initiated a number of research partnerships with the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.

The Award Winners


Nai-Huei Wu, PhD

Co-infection of porcine respiratory epithelial cells by influenza viruses and Streptococcus suis



Kristin Elfers, PhD

Effect of dietary nitrogen and/or calcium reduction on intestinal calcium and phosphate absorption and renal water handling in young goats



Dr. Nicole de Buhr

Interaction of Streptococcus suis with neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs)



Dr. Ariane Neumann

Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs): Mechanisms of NET introduction, bacterial NET degradation and host protection against bacterial degradation



Dr. rer. nat. Jana Seele

Identification and functional characterization of IdeSsuis, the immunoglobulin M degrading enzyme of Streptococcus suis



Dr. Jana Kirchhoff

Infection of differentiated epithelial cells by viruses of the bovine respiratory disease complex



Sonja Bröer, PhD

Focal pharmacotherapy and neurotransplantation to treat pharmacoresistant epilepsies


Ingo Spitzbarth, PhD

A morphological and molecular investigation on the spatio-temporal development of spinal cord lesions following spinal injury in dogs


Andrea Theresia Feßler, PhD

Comparative molecular analysis of methicillin-resistant isolates of Staphylocossus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylocossus spp. from cases of mastitis among dairy cows

Dr. med. vet. Florian Hansmann, PhD

The pathogenetic role of matrix-metalloproteinases in virus- induced mouse model of demyelinating diseases

Dr. Sahar El Sayed El Sayed Ali Abd El Rahman

Comparative analysis of current infectious bronchitis virus isolates in primary cell culture systems

Dr. Carlos Luna-Tortos

Evaluation of transport of entiepileptic drugs by efflux transporters (multidrug transporters) of the blood-brain barrier

Dr. med. vet. Reiner Georg Ulrich

Histologische und molekularbiologische Untersuchungen zur De- und Remyelinisierung bei der murinen Theilervirus-Enzephalomyelitis


Dr. med. vet. Robert Kreutzer

GM¹-gangliosidosis in a canine model of type II GM¹-gangliosidosis: molecular pathogenesis, differential transcription of enzymes forming the lysosomal multienzymic complex and microsatellite based genotyping

Dr. med. Friedrich Schlesinger, PhD

Pharmacokinetic properties of selective and non-selective AMPA-receptor antagonists and their role in neuroprotection



Dr. Annika Herwig, PhD
Torpor and timing: Impact of endogenously controlled hypothermia on the circadian system of two hamster species


Kristina Kadlec, PhD

Detection and organisation of antimicrobial resistance genes in Bordetella bronchieptica isolates from pigs


Alexander Maas, PhD

DIVA vaccine development against Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae infection


Matthias Ottinger, PhD

Functional Characterisation of ¥²-Herpesviral ofr73 Proteins and their Interaction with the Cellular Proteins BRD2 and BRD4

Holger Volk, PhD

Untersuchungen der Mechanismen von Pharmakoresistenz in verschiedenen Epilepsiemodellen

Ina Leverköhne, PhD

The Novel CLCA Gene Family of Multifunctional Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels: Genetic, Structural and Expression Studies in the Murine Model System

Thanongsak Mamom, PhD

Histologische und ultrastrukturelle Untersuchungen der Schweine- und Kaninchenkornea nach intrastromaler Femtosekundenlaserbehandlung


Lars Mecklenburg, PhD

A new model of blood vessel remodeling: Hair follicles modulate the perifollicular vasculature by synthesizing key regulators of blood vessel homeostasis



Roland Büsen, PhD

Interaktion zwischen Metabolismus und Transport von Benzo[a]pyren in der Gastrointestinalen Barriere

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